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Waiting on wages

The latest wage data is mixed, with some measures pointing higher while others appear quite sluggish. Wages in the goods producing industries have been hit particularly hard due to the energy and export/dollar impact, although service industries appear insulated. 
It seems likely that the Fed will await more convincing evidence that global factors have run their course and allow the normal relationship between falling unemployment rates and tighter labor markets to strengthen.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, U.S. Economy

The U.S. labor market — Show me the money

It is unclear if recent improvements in U.S. labor market data are due to less slack or government-related measures to support worker income and benefits. Occupations with some scarcity of qualified labor have seen some wage pressures, but the gains are likely due to one-time minimum wage hikes.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Half-time report on the U.S. consumer

U.S. consumers have taken a more cautious attitude toward debt and been more selective about using it for discretionary purchases. With consumers using credit cards less and using debit cards much more, the supports for higher discretionary spending are keyed off income and wages and also employment.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

U.S. rates — An intriguing six point three

Fed and consensus unemployment forecasts are likely to come down after last week’s jobs report. It is not obvious what lower unemployment rate forecasts mean for U.S. monetary policy.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

European equities – Yesterday’s bears become today’s bulls

We expect to see European earnings and economic growth expectations firming during the year. Even with the strong move in markets so far this year, European equity valuations are not unattractive in our view.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Global Perspectives

Is the ECB’s stimulus a positive for European stocks?

Under yesterday’s expanded QE programme, the European Central Bank (ECB) will implement combined monthly purchases of €60bn to end September 2016 or until there is sustained improvement in path of inflation (i.e,. a far-reaching commitment,  though they have said they will not buy more than 25% of the outstanding stock).

Tagged with: Global Economy, Markets

2015 – The year of living carefully?

We expect high yield and emerging markets debt to deliver better returns in either a slow growth or inflationary recovery scenario. Investors should brace for higher levels of price volatility as monetary policy continues to move in different directions around the globe.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Finding bond opportunities throughout the business cycle

Global bond markets respond in different ways throughout the business cycle. A flexible strategy can adapt its risk complexion to capture opportunities and mitigate downside.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Commodities – Time to start reloading

Base metals, U.S. natural gas, grains and now oil are all trading at price levels that are signalling producers to cut production. We see the over-production of oil as temporary and the market balancing in Q3 2015, and while this will leave significant inventories to work through, prices should recover into year end.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing

Where’s Waldo? Be on the lookout for rising costs in a low growth world

Broad measures of cost inflation (PPI and CPI) growth rates have remained near 2% for the past three years. However, sharp increases have occurred in isolated areas like trucking, but the effect is far-reaching.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing
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